Ramallah: A Palestinian negotiator is casting doubt on Israeli Prime Minister's claim that Middle East peace talks could resume within weeks.
Benjamin Netanyahu suggested on Wednesday that negotiations would be indirect at first. US Middle East envoy George Mitchell has proposed shuttling between the two sides to forge a deal.
But Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says such shuttle diplomacy makes no sense without clear parameters and an Israeli settlement freeze — a key Palestinian demand.
The settlements take up lands the Palestinians want for their state. Israel has only agreed to curb construction.
Erekat said he will meet a US diplomat on Thursday to hear more about the Mitchell’s proposal. He says Netanyahu is not offering anything new.
First Published: Thursday, February 04, 2010, 15:37